Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech – September 12, 2020 – 23 Elul 5780

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Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

  • Stone Chumash, p. 1086, 110 verses
  • Haftorah: Isaiah Ch. 61 p.1202  “Sos Asis”

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting:         6:57pm
  • Latest Shmah:           9:52am
  • Earliest Mincha:        1:31pm
  • Havdalah:                   7:52pm
  • Zoom Havdalah         8:10pm
  • Selichot 8:30pm

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech — a double parsha — contains some of the most exquisite sentiments of our entire religion. After we have experienced the difficult years of diaspora, and loneliness, we will return to G-d, and He will return us to the Land of our forefathers.  G-d will remove the “layers of fat” which surrounds our spiritual hearts, and we will all clearly recognize the importance of worshiping Hashem through the performance of the Mitzvot. 

In parshat Vayelech, (the fourth aliya is always the bridge between two parshas), Moshe prepares his final farewell address to the people, before his death. He gives over the final two mitzvoth (out of 613) to the people. First, the mitzvah of “Hakhel” or the septennial gathering of the people at the Temple to hear the King read from the Torah.  Second, the mitzvah which is  incumbent upon every Jew to write his own Torah!

According to the Rosh, this mitzvah is fulfilled today by purchasing Torah books. The ultimate purpose of writing a Torah is to be able to have it available to you to study from.


In this, the penultimate Haftora of consolation, we are once again soothed by the beautiful prophecies which will be realized at the end of days. “For the sake of Zion I shall not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem, I shall not keep still” the definition of national repentance is the return to the land of Israel, and anything which impedes that return, must be vigilantly challenged. The joy of the returned is compared to the joy experienced by the groom as he marries his bride. This allusion, can also be found in the Lecha Dodi- Yasis Alayich Elokayich, kmsos chatan al Kalah!